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Residential mortgage loans in negative equity December quarter 2016
The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority:

     The Hong Kong Monetary Authority announced today (January 26) the results of its latest survey on residential mortgage loans (RMLs) in negative equity. 
     The estimated number of RMLs in negative equity decreased to 4 cases at end-December 2016 from 69 cases at end-September 2016. These cases were related to bank staff housing loans or RMLs under mortgage insurance programme.
     The aggregate value of RMLs in negative equity decreased to HK$11 million at end-December 2016 compared with HK$282 million at end-September 2016.
     The unsecured portion of these loans decreased to HK$80,000 at end-December 2016 from HK$6 million at end-September 2016.
     Since the first quarter of 2011, there have been no RMLs in negative equity with delinquencies of more than three months. 
     It is important to note that the figures derived from this survey relate only to RMLs provided by authorised institutions on the basis of first mortgages and which the reporting institution knows to be in negative equity (i.e. the outstanding loan amount with the reporting institution exceeds the current market value of the mortgaged property). Not included in these figures are RMLs associated with co-financing schemes which would be in negative equity if the second mortgages were taken into account. The extent to which such RMLs are in negative equity is not known because authorised institutions do not maintain records on the outstanding balances of the second mortgages. 
     The mortgage portfolios of the surveyed authorised institutions represent about 99% of the industry total. The survey results have been extrapolated to estimate the position of the banking sector as a whole.
Ends/Thursday, January 26, 2017
Issued at HKT 16:30
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